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  • Daily Mail & Express love asylum seekers!

    by Sunny
    24th January, 2007 at 1:49 am    

    Ok, they haven’t expressed love for the asylum seekers but editors at both mid-market dailies are claiming that they are not biased against asylum seekers. Oh look, a flying pig!

    The Daily Express editor, Peter Hill, and the Daily Mail executive managing editor, Robin Esser, were giving evidence to the joint committee on human rights at the houses of parliament.

    “I would never put any of my journalists under pressure to write something that they wouldn’t want to write. I would never do that,” Mr Hill told the committee. Mr Esser said: “No journalist on the Daily Mail is ever told to write a story in a particular way.”

    For journalists that last statement is probably akin to George Bush stating he had no desire to tell other people how to live their lives. Apparently, the idea that “they are running around looking for inflammatory things to say about asylum seekers is wrong,” adds Mr Esser, which is surely meant to be said tongue-in-cheek?

    Daily Express readers believed that 21% of the population were immigrants, Daily Mail readers thought that 19% of the population were immigrants and Guardian readers thought that 11% of the population were immigrants. In reality 7% of the population were immigrants, Mr Travis said.

    Enough said.

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    1. Bert Preast — on 24th January, 2007 at 8:51 am  

      Why oh why did that idiot eat a swan? Now even the Mail and Express can claim balance. No wonder the Doomsday clock went forward the other day.

    2. chris y — on 24th January, 2007 at 9:19 am  

      7%? I’m astonished it’s so high, though presumably this number includes all the people from the “new EU”, so it’s likely to fall when they get disenchanted and go home.

    3. Clairwil — on 24th January, 2007 at 10:32 am  

      Oh I’m glad that misunderstanding has been cleared up. I happen to have a really good news story about some refugees. I must get it typed up and sent to the mail.

    4. Leon — on 24th January, 2007 at 10:58 am  

      The false stories the papers make up are so frequent that’s probably worth setting up a blog to highlight the lies the papers spew…

    5. Don — on 24th January, 2007 at 2:15 pm  

      This provides a few mopments of amusement.

    6. sonia — on 24th January, 2007 at 2:21 pm  

      That bit about journalists is funny - it should be printed up and pointed to the next time an editor wants a story..

    7. ZinZin — on 24th January, 2007 at 6:42 pm  

      In the minds of DM and DE readers anyone with black or brown skin is in an immigrant.

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